CityBeat - City Desk http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-238-1-city_desk.html <![CDATA[City Desk June 24-30 - ]]> The Cincinnati Police Department on June 19 lost its first officer in the line of duty since 2000. Cincinnati police officer Sonny Kim, 48, was shot and killed by a gunman in Madisonville as he responded to a 911 call about a man with a gun acting erratically.

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<![CDATA[City Desk June 10-16 - ]]> The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority on June 5 released the dollar amounts for the two lowest bids for the first 10 years of streetcar operations. One bid is under the city’s budget, while the other is not.

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<![CDATA[City Desk - ]]> The city of Cincinnati recently drew up resignation documents for Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell, according to a May 29 report by the Cincinnati Business Courier. That revelation has led to speculation over whether Blackwell was on the verge of being dismissed from his position, though city officials say that isn’t the case.

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<![CDATA[OTR Parking Plan Sparks Mayoral Veto, Debate About Residential Permits - ]]>

Mayor John Cranley on May 6 vetoed a plan passed by Democrats on City Council that would have converted 400 to 450 of the neighborhood’s 1,200 spots into permitted parking for residents. The plan would have charged residents $108 a year for a parking pass.

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<![CDATA[Developers Announce Hotel Coming to The Banks - ]]>

A seven-story hotel by Marriott is coming to riverfront development The Banks, the lead development group for the project announced May 11.

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<![CDATA[Music Hall Renovation Funding Gets $12 Million Boost - ]]>

Music Hall is one step closer to a major renovation after receiving big gifts from local philanthropists announced May 1.

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<![CDATA[Study: Hamilton County in Bottom Quarter for Income Mobility - ]]>

Hamilton County is worse than roughly 75 percent of counties in the United States when it comes to income mobility.

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<![CDATA[Council Debates Parking Plan, Streetcar’s Effect on Festivals - ]]>

Cincinnati City Council on April 22 again discussed proposed Over-the-Rhine parking plans, which have been bandied back and forth for months.

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<![CDATA[Ohio House Passes Biggest Budget in State History - ]]>

The Ohio House of Representatives passed a record-breaking two-year budget for the state April 22. 


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<![CDATA[Study: Closing Low-Performing Schools Improves Educational Outcomes - ]]>

Closing down poorly performing schools — including charter schools — improves academic performance, a new study suggests. 

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<![CDATA[City Council Calls for Report on Phase 1B of Streetcar - ]]>

Cincinnati City Council April 15 passed a resolution asking the city administration to draw up a report on possible funding sources for the planning and construction of phase 1B of the city’s streetcar.

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<![CDATA[Gov. Kasich Creates Fundraising Org for Potential Presidential Run - ]]>

 Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s campaign registered with the IRS a nonprofit April 20 called A New Day for America, officially setting up the fundraising organization for the Republican’s nascent presidential bid.

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<![CDATA[City to Ask Feds for Bike Path Grant - ]]>

The city is preparing to apply for Transit Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER grants, that would help finance the network of commuter bike paths.

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<![CDATA[Court to Hamilton County Prosecutor: Return Tiger Suit - ]]>

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters is down one Halloween costume after a recent magistrate’s that Deters must return a tiger suit used by activists during last year’s Greenpeace protest at Procter and Gamble.

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<![CDATA[Dems Endorse Strickland over Sittenfeld in Senate Race - ]]>

The Ohio Democratic Party officially endorsed former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland in his campaign for U.S. Senate, tilting the party’s primary further away from Strickland’s primary opponent Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld.

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<![CDATA[Ohio Board of Education Abolishes “5 of 8” Rule - ]]>

The Ohio Board of Education voted April 13 to end the state’s stipulation that school districts hire at least five of eight specialty positions for each school. 
  

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<![CDATA[LumenoCity to Return This Summer; Tickets to Cost $20 - ]]>

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has announced it will bring incredibly popular Over-the-Rhine light show LumenoCity back Aug. 5-9. The event will be a lot different this year, however, at least when it comes to admission.

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<![CDATA[Poll: Ohioans Favor Strickland over Portman in Senate Race - ]]>

Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland has a nine-point lead in a recent  poll on the 2016 Senate race over incumbent Republican Sen. Rob Portman.

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<![CDATA[Sen. Rand Paul Announces 2016 Presidential Campaign - ]]>

 U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky officially announced his candidacy for the 2016 presidential election April 7 at a rally in Louisville.

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<![CDATA[City: Don’t Like Indiana RFRA Law? Come to Cincinnati - ]]>

 In the wake of controversy around Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black is making a pitch to Indiana businesses: Come to Cincinnati.

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